On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushings is pretty straight forward and not expensive and will commonly correct this concern.
Worn Shift Bushings Will Cause Manual Transmission to Pop Out of Gear on Toyota Tacoma
Average mileage: 138,333 (117,000–158,000)
Drive Train affected: 2WD
6 people reported this problem
1998 Toyota Tacoma - 2WD 158,000 mi, Visitor
Sometimes the gear shift goes out of gear.
1998 Toyota Tacoma - 2WD 140,000 mi, Visitor
I bought my 98 Tacoma SR% at 132,000 miles and I now have 151,200 miles. At around 140,000 miles when shifting into first gear and barely accelerating the transmission jumps out of gear. This doesn't happen often but often enough to keep me conscientious about being extra sure first gear is fully engaged. So far it's annoying but not bad enough to get it fixed.